The British and Irish Lions Have arrived in New Zealand as they prepare to take on the might of the All Blacks. Warren Gatland and his squad of 41 touched down in Auckland in the early hours of Wednesday morning ahead of the three-Test tour. Inside the terminal, the touring party received a traditional powhiri, or welcoming ceremony, with a challenge, waiata and with hongi, the traditional form of Maori greeting in which noses are pressed together. The Lions players, dressed in formal suits and red ties, responded with songs of their own, the Welsh hymn Calon Lan. Lions manager John Spencer described the welcome as 'incredible,' saying 'we look forward not only to our visit but also to engaging with your communities to show respect to your people and your cultures.'
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